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What will it take? How many billions of dollars have to be spent before the American public starts to take disaster preparedness more seriously? Each year the varying regions of our nation face natural disasters that have plagued the continent long before we were on this continent.
Yet each year we are surprised at the magnitude of it all.
While prepping can be a serious undertaking we all could benefit from giving evacuation the type of respect it deserves. When the time comes there is nothing left to do but evacuate. No matter what kind of stockpile you have, there are circumstances that call only for evacuation.
In those moments you should be prepared to grab all of the items you need in a hurry. In most cases people leave with nothing because they are woken from sleep or have only minutes to react. Even hurricane evacuations that can be planned days in advanced can be confusing and ineffective.
We should all have some sort of evacuation plan and list of items to take for when that time comes. Things like identification, insurance and comfort items should all be part of a well oiled evacuation plan. A simple checklist can make those moments before evacuation really count.
Be sure everyone has a bag and has the essentials in that bag. You may not even know where you are headed in an evacuation. Best case scenario you can find a hotel. Worst case scenario you and your family are on cots at a local high school gymnasium.
Americans need to pay more attention to the disasters that unfold on a regular basis. They need to give evacuation its due. This is particularly true of the coastal regions and folks who face regional disaster on a regular basis. Its the least they can do.